Australia: Businesses pound the pavement to raise over $100,000 for children with special needs
Last Updated: 10 November 2015

Coleman Greig Challenge: Corporate for Community

Parramatta Park was a hive of early morning activity on Friday 23 October as Western Sydney businesses joined forces to Run, Ride and Walk their way to victory in the Coleman Greig Challenge, a fundraising event for children with special needs in Western Sydney.

Over $100,000 was raised through a combination of sponsorship, pre-event fundraising and the donation of goods from local businesses, including five nights in Hawaii thanks to Elite Travel, Hawaiian Airlines and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. All money raised will be used by St Gabriel's School and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children to support children with special needs in Western Sydney.

Participants celebrated their athletic and fundraising achievements with a special post event breakfast and awards ceremony before heading off to begin their working day!

Awards – presented by Dr Geoff Lee MP, as a representative of the Premier and Michelle Jenneke, Olympian:

  • Highest fundraising team ($14,330 + Westpac is dollar matching contributions made by staff): St George Bank (Overall winner of the Coleman Greig Challenge)
  • Highest fundraising individual ($6,670): Matt Kelly
  • A Grade Cycle
    • Team: Raine & Horne Parramatta
    • Individual 1st: Timothy Kersten (Male), Natalie Watson (Female)
    • Individual 2nd: Adam Dimech (Male)
  • B Grade Cycle
    • Individual 1st: Matt Xavier (Male), Emma Cromie (Female)
    • Individual 2nd: Peter Hillig (Male), Taria Gomez (Female)
  • 10km Run
    • Team: St George Bank
    • Individual 1st: Thien Vuong (Male), Michele Hillig (Female)
    • Individual 2nd: Edwin Jan (Male), Nina Kazsina (Female)
  • 5km Run
    • Individual 1st: Michael Busdon (Male), Merryn Spencer (Female)
    • Individual 2nd: Chris Rein (Male), Bree Pearce (Female)

For more information please contact Ingrid Hoff, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Coleman Greig, on 02 9895 9257 or Website:

About St Gabriel's School
St. Gabriel's School is a co-educational primary school catering for children with hearing impairment and other special needs such as intellectual disability in the mild to moderate range, and autism.

About the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia's largest nongovernment provider of education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children with vision or hearing loss, their families, and the professionals who support them. Each year, thousands of Australians benefit from RIDBC's broad range of services.

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